Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)

Technical Assistance Resources

What is ARMHS?

The 2001 Legislature authorized the expansion of Minnesota’s Medical Assistance (MA) state plan to cover a broader array of rehabilitation services. The MA option is referred to as the "Rehab Option". DHS worked closely with counties, advocates and providers to develop the proposal, which was subsequently included in the Governor’s budget.

These new mental health services include MA coverage for adult rehabilitative mental health services (ARMHS) and mental health crisis response services. Note these services are not limited to people with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI). In calendar year 2013, 17,408 people received expanded services.

The adult rehabilitative mental health services (ARMHS) may only be provided by an entity (a county or provider) that has been certified using the provider certification process developed by the Department of Human Services in consultation with counties and others.

What services are available?

ARMHS Covered Services

Who is eligible for this service?

MHCP Eligible Recipients

How to become a provider – Applications/Certifications/Licensure


Current Providers

ARMHS Certified Providers List

Expiration Dates for Certified ARMHS Providers


MHCP Codes & Rates

Reporting Requirements

Mental Health Information System (MHIS) Materials

Reporting through the Mental Health Information System (MHIS) is required of all Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS), providers. The MHIS reporting instructions and materials are located on the Adult Mental Health Technical Assistance page. The web-based Mental Health Information System (MHIS) started July 1, 2012 and replaced the POSR system.

How can I get more information?

ARMHS Policy Lead, 651-431-2225 or

Additional Resources

Send and Receive Client Survey Information through MN-ITS.

Announcement: ARMHS Certification Application, 7/10/10 Version 3 Ends 2/2/15

DHS AMHD will be undergoing major revisions to the ARMHS Certification Process and Application (July 15, 2010 version 3). If you are a potential new provider organization, DHS AMHD will accept the ARMHS Certification Process and Application, July 15, 2010 version 3 through 2/2/2015. This acceptance is limited to provider organizations that attended the ARMHS Information Seminars for Potential Provider Organizations prior to July 31, 2014. DHS AMHD will be developing a new ARMHS Certification Process and Application in response to the following:

  • • The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that there will be federal procedural changes regarding enrollment, screening & approval, and re-validation of new and current Medicare and Medicaid service providers.
  • • The DHS Adult MH Division submitted to CMS State Plan Amendment changes for ARMHS which would add additional service categories and rate changes.
  • An update about the new ARMHS Certification Process, Application, and resources will be announced by July 1, 2015. The mandatory Quarterly 2015 ARMHS Information Seminar for Potential Provider Organizations will resume with the scheduled dates and will be posted once they are scheduled.

    ARMHS Certification Process

    The following certification documents are to be used by providers seeking certification of ARMHS.

    County Providers

    County-operated entity certification process and application (DOC) (New 7/15/2010) 32 pages.

    Private Providers

    Private provider entity certification process and application (DOC) (New 7/15/2010) 36 pages.

    Tribal Providers

    Tribal-operated entity certification process and application (DOC) (New 7/15/2010) 33 pages.

    ARMHS Recertification Application Process

    The following recertification documents are to be used by providers seeking recertification of ARMHS.

    Overview of the Recertification Process (PDF) 7 pages (October 2005)

    Recertification Application Instructions (PDF) 10 pages (October 2005)

    Recertification Application (Word document) 10 pages (October 2005)

    Local Recertification Process/Application (PDF) 8 pages (June 2005)


    ARMHS Supplemental Authorization form (Form DHS-4159A-ENG)

    LOCUS Level of Care Recording form (Form DHS-6249-ENG)

    LOCUS Level of Care MHCP Provider Manual page

    Functional Assessment Information- MHCP Provider Manual page

    MA documentation: an online course

    Functional Assessment: an online course

    Training – Quarterly ARMHS Application Provider Information Session

    *Update: the ARMHS information sessions have been cancelled for the remainder of 2014. We will be working on improving the current ARMHS certification process to add ease and enhancement to our customers. Please watch for further updates.

    All potential Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) provider applicants are required to attend an ARMHS applicant provider information session prior to submission of the ARMHS certification application. This three hour session will be scheduled quarterly using in-studio and regionally accessible ITV locations throughout Minnesota. The next sessions will be held on the following Fridays in 2014: April 4 (9:00am-12:00pm), July 11 (9:00am-12:00pm) September 5 (9:00am-12:00pm) and November 7 (9:00am-12:00pm). The learning objectives for this overview include:

  • • Understanding the definition and purpose of ARMHS
  • • Understanding the features of ARMHS, including its service categories and quality assurance considerations the potential ARMHS provider should consider.
  • • Previewing the ARMHS certification process, including features of the application, appendix and assurances.
  • Potential ARMHS provider entities should register the qualified clinical supervisor or clinical consultant, as well as the entity’s administrative representative. See our training materials Web page for information about registering for a session and hand-outs for the training.

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